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RESIDENTS RALLY: Bushey residents take action to halt installation of 5G mast

 Published on: 4th July 2023   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Bushey residents banded together last week in a bid to prevent the installation of a 5G mast outside their homes.

On June 29, residents of Finch Lane brought a stop to work on the mast in The Avenue at the junction with Finch Lane.

One resident, Andrew Hearn, parked his car on the grass verge to prevent the installation.

Speaking to BusheyNews, Andrew said the residents are not opposed to the mast, but believe that it would be better placed in a different location away from homes.

He said: “All we wanted was to have a conversation to explore some other location options. We have been let down by the council; 50 objections haven’t amounted to anything.

“There are plenty of spaces which don’t impact residents.”

A Three spokesperson said: “5G rollout is vital for residents and businesses of Bushey. We want to offer the community a reliable network experience and this site is critical to making that happen. Masts need to be situated where people will be using the service and, in many cases, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage. We carry out extensive searches and evaluate a wide range of options before submitting any planning applications.

“From a health and safety perspective, 5G deployment is no different to any other mobile technology. All generations of mobile technology used by Three comply with guidelines to ensure that no harmful levels of radiation are emitted. As a responsible company, we take our obligation to run a safe network very seriously and actively work to ensure that our network remains compliant with international guidelines.”

Hertsmere Borough Council said they are unable to comment further on planning decisions made by the committee.

Three has agreed to temporarily postpone the installation for a week.

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